The air came out of Michigan’s perfect start to the season in a hurry on Saturday. In the morning, news leaked that Eli Brooks would miss the game and the Wolverines never really showed up on the road.
Michigan had more turnovers than made baskets in the first half and let the game spiral out of control in the second for a 75-57 road loss. Only two Wolverines reached double figures in the defeat, led by Chaundee Brown’s 14 in his first start. Minnesota stars Marcus Carr and Liam Robbins bounced back from disappointing efforts in Ann Arbor. The duo combined for 19 points on 25 shots in the first meeting just 10 days ago and had 39 points on 31 shots in the rematch.
It was a disappointing effort and the first real dose of adversity the Wolverines have faced this season. It also leaves Juwan Howard and his staff with questions to address after rotation issues, turnover woes, and Hunter Dickinson’s first poor game of the season cost Michigan on the road.